As we all know, Bajaj-Triumph is developing an entry-level motorcycle for the Indian market. Finally, we will have some concrete details in a few months, as say the reports.
Premium brands like KTM, BMW Motorrad have tied up with Indian manufacturers to launch their affordable motorcycles. Well, KTM did it a long time back, BMW joined the train two years back with the G 310 R and G 310 GS.
Many international two-wheeler manufacturers are doing the same, like Benelli and CF Moto. Both have tied up with local dealership networks to debut their motorcycles in India.
Bajaj-Triumph partnership is also on the way, as top officials have confirmed that it is in ‘final stages.’ The discussion will reach to a conclusion in the next one-two months.
One thing for confirm is that the Bajaj-Triumph will put a motorcycle in the highly competitive 350-600cc segment. This particular segment has seen a sudden incline in the past few months.
Triumph Motorcycles will go the research, development, design and quality check of the motorcycle. Bajaj Auto will help in the localization and manufacturing of this bike, making it affordable as well as premium.
The partnership here will be different from what Bajaj has with KTM. The former owns 48% share in KTM and their low capacity motorcycles are produced at Bajaj’s plant in Chakan.
Checking the competition, Royal Enfield is the best-seller in the 350-600cc segment. With its Classic and Bullet Range and ofcourse, the new 650 Twins, it has completely monopolized this segment.
As of now, there are no details of the upcoming Bajaj-Triumph motorcycle. We expected it to be the 500cc version of Boneville T120 or Street Twin. But, Triumph is working on completely new designs.
With Triumph on board, Bajaj will have a strong play right from 100cc to 600cc. In the entry-level 200-350cc, it already has the Duke series, RC series and the Dominar. Further, there are reports of more Bajaj motorcycles in the development for this segment.